In Spring 2012, DiabetesMine proudly announced a new program in our continued efforts to push the envelope on diabetes innovation: we began “crowdsourcing patient needs.”
That is, we launched our first-ever Patient Voices Contest, in which we asked empowered PWDs (people with diabetes) everywhere to tell us about their most pressing unmet needs.
In 2012, we put out a call for 2-3 minute video testimonials about the biggest challenges people face in their diabetes care, and how they would present those concerns to experts.
The 10 top entrants were selected to receive an “e-Patient Scholarship” to attend our 2012 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit that took place at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, on Nov. 16, 2012.
Our winners acted as “delegates” for the patient community, expressing our needs and desires to the Powers That Be: Pharma R&D and marketing executives, human interaction designers, entrepreneurs, physicians, regulatory experts, investors, health gaming developers, technology gurus and experts in mobile health platforms.
Please click here for 2012 Contest Details and Winners. Here is the exciting video that resulted from last year’s contest:
2013 PATIENT VOICES CONTEST
We asked patients to share their sentiments about current diabetes technology and what they feel are the biggest unmet needs. We gave folks the freedom to submit material in video, slides, or photo image format, and were delighted with the quality of responses.
Please watch the resulting video, based on submissions to the 2013 Patient Voices Contest:
Each of our winners received a scholarship to attend and participate in the 2013 DiabetesMine Innovation Summit event that took place at Stanford School of Medicine on Nov. 15, 2013.
Our Winners, in alphabetical order:
- Christel Aprigliano, a type 1 D-blogger and active advocate who submitted a compelling appeal for a holistic approach to diabetes care.
- Simon Carter, longtime type 1 himself and parent of a T1 child also living with celiac, and creator of a new “prediction system” called ManageBGL.com.
- Corinna Cornejo, a type 2 who works with the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and created an excellent presentation on the need for information, not just data.
- Allison Dunning, type 1, who’s passionate about the use of “big data” to inform improved diabetes care for us all.
- Melissa Lee, another active type 1 D-blogger who presented an innovative idea for an “Insu-litmus” test to help us gauge whether our insulin is still effective.
- Kyle McClain, a software developer diagnosed with type 2 in 2010 who “immediately began looking for tools to help me manage my diabetes.” Not liking what he found, he began creating his own tool called Gludi.
- Julia Neese, a type 1 from Germany, who presented a very intelligent assessment of three key themes: bionic pancreas, data management, and affordability.
- Shelley Spector, a type 1 herself and devoted D-parent, who presented many good points on engaging kids, issues with D-teens wanting to hide it, and how hospitals and payers can benefit from providing us with better tools up-front.
- Scott Strange, well-known type 1 D-blogger, who focused on the need to emphasize the psychological side of diabetes: “The mental and emotional side for me has been a lot worse than the physical side,” he says.
- Amy Tekrony, a Canadian type 1 and aspiring endocrinologist, who created a compelling video on the pressing need for changes in diabetes technology.
THANK YOU for your interest and participation, All!
That goes for our diabetes tech survey, as well; at final count we had nearly 900 participants in that research project!
A huge Thank You to our 2013 Summit/ program sponsors: